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Compass Balloons

San Diego, CA, USA
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About Compass Balloons
Compass Balloons offers hot air balloon tours in sunny San Diego, and the scenic Temecula wine valley. During your flight you will see all the area has to offer from the coastlines of San Diego to the grape vines of the Temecula wine valley. Whichever flight you choose you will experience the joy of flight in its first form, as you calmly drift across the open skies.
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chris p wrote a review Sep 14
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Absolutely great experience. Our pilot Dylan. He was the best pilot with extreme confidence and gave us a great smooth ride the whole time. No choppiness in the landing or take off. Very beautiful scenery around Rancho Santa Fe. Just an overall great time and experience. I would suggest to get a small basket, we had one other couple with us for a max of (5) in the basket which was great, I would not want more than (5) in the basket in the air. I would recommend not to get a large party basket as it takes the intimacy away if you flying with your significant other, just my opinion.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Ryan H wrote a review Sep 8
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TLDR; Called up with a sick person cancel, they agree to give us a credit ticket verbally, balk on attempt to redeem. All around bad faith. Balloon ride was nice. Of the 7 people we were putting in a balloon, not including the operator, one of our people had covid symptoms and opted out from going the day before. We called up and on the phone the boss Evan was rude, didn't care about excuses, but said he'd give us a credit. Makes sense, no one balloons alone. He'll get a repeat business and net out. On the day, "hey we can't get the guy on the phone no guarantee on that credit". 6 people go up and have fun. Nice tour. Call back. Same guy we talked to Evan. "I didn't take any notes so I don't have any records of offering you that". At your own risk. If everything goes well, it'll be great. But these are not quality humans you're working with and if something goes amiss you're going to be SOL.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Tina wrote a review Jun 2020
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Compass Balloons is professional, courteous and knowledgeable. We were picked up at an easy to get to location and drove to the launch site. They wowed us with balloon history; did you know the balloonists always carry King's Champagne as a peace offering to landowners who unexpectedly have a balloon land on their property. Believe it or not, some land owners are less than thrilled with this event, so Champagne is offered as a thank you (and a bit of a deterrent) to the land owner even to this day! The champagne also helps calm your nerves if you need help in that department. The Pilots are very reassuring regarding the safety of the balloon flight. One of our pilots had been ballooning for 25 years! Once we found our launch site, the balloon set up was fast and efficient and it was up, up and away! What a spectacular view! Our pilots were knowledgeable about the surroundings and topography and were pointing out known landmarks to help us get our boundaries. Our day was crystal clear, you could see forever! It was beautiful! Even though the air was temperate at our high altitude (4,200 ft.) I was glad I brought my jacket. It's probably hard to believe, but, It is so peaceful in the sky, there's very little noise, save for the times the pilot releases more hot air into the balloon which only lasts a few seconds and does not distract from the beauty of the surroundings. Unless you look down, it's hard to tell you're even moving. Our pilots diligently checked on us making sure we were feeling good and enjoying ourselves. Our group was SO MUCH FUN! We were all in awe of the entire experience. Upon landing, we did one final champagne toast and loaded back into the van. The balloon breakdown was just as fast as the set up and before we knew it we were headed back to cars. I can't say enough about Compass Balloons. They create a magical experience and are professional and courteous. I highly recommend this company! Thank you Compass Balloons!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Tracy Lynn wrote a review Mar 2020
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The ballon ride was beautiful! It was exactly what we expected; however, what we didn't expect was how outstanding the service from the guys who prepared and flew the balloon would be. Cheers to them for a job well done!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Dilip G wrote a review Feb 2020
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We had hoped to experience sunset on a hot air balloon for years now, but it only came to reality this year with Compass Balloons. Floating in mid-air at 4000 ft with seemingly nothing around us while watching the sun go down into the Pacific is a surreal experience. And Compass Balloons made the experience all the more safe, enjoyable and educational. The pilots are very professional and put safety first in maneuvering the hot air balloon over varying wind conditions. The whole 4-hour experience was managed very well, and included snacks and drinks before flight as well. Overall, I can easily recommend this company for hot air ballooning in San Diego!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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